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Marcus Magus
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Marcus Magus, Gnostic. Between 160 and 180 ce, Marcus founded a group of Valentinian Gnostics (Valentinianism) and worked as an itinerant theological teacher in the setting of the Anatolian church. A summary of his system is provided by Irenaeus of Lyon in his Haer. I 14–16, along with an account of the cultic rites of the Marcosians in I 13. Irenaeus also cites a parodic poem about Marcus as a source in I 15.6. His description of the rite of apolytrosis is corrected by Hipp. Haer. VI 42.1 on the basis of information from contemporary Marcosian circles, who in tu…

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Förster, Niclas, “Marcus Magus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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